Life’s a beach for Illawarra Juniors

A small but dedicated contingent of athletes from across the Illawarra branch made the trek to Ocean Beach-Umina for the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships.

Continuing their reputation as one of the powerhouse clubs of Beach Sprinting, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park claimed several medals. Jack Bridges finished second in the U12 Beach Flags, while the U10 Female Beach Relay team consisting of Madison Agnew, Abby Bailey, Mia Corliss and Sabina Rogers claimed gold in their race.

The club’s U14 Female Beach team finished just outside of the medals when they came in fourth behind Collaroy in the final.

Samuel Zustovich (Towradgi) enjoyed a successful championship with gold in the U13 Sprint and Beach Flags Races. Fellow club member Lola Sossai was just pipped for a medal in the U10 Beach Flags finishing fourth.

Although she didn’t make a final, U13s competitor Jasmine Locke (Bulli) enjoyed her time competing in the water events on Day 2 of the Age Championships.

“Despite getting smashed out there in the waves, I’ve really enjoyed my time at State Champs. “This is the third time I’ve been to State, and it’s such a great event to be part of where you get to compete against people who have become friends from other clubs.

“Both my parents race so we spend a lot of time at the beach. My goal next year is to keep improving at State, and have a go at the Longboard,” she said.

“Congratulations to Manly who defended their Champion Club trophy with a series of strong showings this weekend. I would like to thank Ocean Beach-Umina for their flexibility and passion as hosts of the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships,” Surf Life Saving NSW Sport Manager Shane Knight said following the conclusion of the carnival.

“Both clubs certainly embody the spirit of getting things done despite the numerous challenges thrown their way.”

Mr Knight also praised the efforts of the nippers across the Age Championships, noting the highly competitive spirit on display.

“We’ve certainly seen some amazing performances on the beach and in the water over the three days of competition, and what is also really encouraging is how competitive the U14 events in particular were.

“These athletes will hopefully use their experiences here at State when they make the transition into senior events next season.”

Final Point-Score:

Manly LSC 300
Wanda SLSC 191
Avoca Beach SLSC 122
Bronte SLSC 111
South Maroubra SLSC 110
Elouera SLSC 109
North Cronulla SLSC 106
Cooks Hill SLSC 91
Swansea-Belmont SLSC 77
Collaroy SLSC 73

Photograph: Samuel Zustovich (Towradgi) came away from the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships as the U13 State Title Holder in both the Beach Sprint and Flag events.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015